MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers working at Miami International Airport (MIA) arrested a passenger smuggling approximately 4.4 pounds of heroin. The passenger was arriving on a flight from Bogota, Colombia on Dec. 25.
CBP officers selected the passenger for further examination. During the inspection, CBP officers discovered a powdery substance concealed inside a false compartment of the passenger’s luggage. The substance was field tested yielding positive results for properties of heroin. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) reported to the scene to conduct an investigation. The individual was consequently arrested and charged with the smuggling of illegal narcotics.
“CBP officers work very hard at our ports of entry every day, examining thousands of passengers and their luggage," said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. "We are on the frontlines preventing the smuggling of illicit drugs.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the lead agency for preventing drug trafficking through airports, seaports, and land ports of entry and plays a significant role in the national drug control strategy. On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized over 10,000 pounds of drugs. As a result of CBP’s all-threats mission, CBP officers frequently interdict drug-smuggling attempts and locate hidden contraband such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations in Florida include travel and trade facilitation and securing over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. Follow @CBPFlorida on Twitter for real-time updates.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.